Monday, October 06, 2008


In my book that I am reading, I came across a section about additives. It was scary to say the least. After reading this chapter, I immediately ran to the pantry to check the Nutrition Facts on all of our food. Sure enough 90% of what we eat has at least one of these additives. I promptly picked up the phone and called Daniel to let him know that we are going to die.

Since then I have calmed down a bit... but it doesn't change the fact that we eat some pretty nasty stuff. So I have included a list of additives that Sharon Broer has listed. She claims that she will not buy ANYTHING that has a single one of these additives in it. That's a bit overboard for a food junkie like me... but I am starting to read Nutrition Facts more closely.


MSG (Monosodium glutamate): Used to intensify meat and spice flavorings
  • reported complaints: headache, chest pains, numbness, irritability and depression
  • Brain damage and memory loss
  • Baby food companies removed this from baby food. (But why was it there to begin with??)
  • Listed under other names: hydrolyzed vegetable Potemkin (HVP)
  • "Natural Flavorings"
Aspartame: Used in NutraSweet and Equal, contains the following ingredients:
  • Methanol- a neurological poison that cannot be made nonpoisonous. It can cause headaches, blindness and permanent brain damage.
  • Aspartic acid- similar to MSG, it has been known to overstimulate neural cells, causing cell death. This is why it is called an "excitotoxin". It literally kills brain cells.
  • Phenylalaninie- causes permanent brain damage if concentrations are high enough
Nitrites: Used to give that "pretty pink color" to cured meats, bacon, bologna, hot dogs, ham, Vienna sausages, and luncheon meats.
  • Nitrites combined with natural stomach acids create nitrosamines, powerful cancer-causing agents.
  • Baby food manufactures voluntarily removed nitrites from baby food in the early 1970's.
  • In 1977, Germany banned nitrites and nitrates, except in certain species of fish.
Olestra or Olean
These are the "fake fats" introduced in 1996. Preliminary studies found that Olestra caused tumors in laboratory animals. Possible side effects include cramping and loose stools.

Monoglycerides and Diglycerides: Synthetic substances made for emulsifying and defoaming agents.
  • Used in bakery products to maintain "softness"
  • Used in beverages, ice cream, shortening, margarine. chocolate, whipped toppings and cosmetic creams.
  • This is on the FDA list of food additives to be studied for possible reproduction effects.
BHA (butylated hudroxyanisole): A preservative used in many products, including beverages, ice cream, baked goods, potato chips, and breakfast cereals.

BHT (butylated hudroxytoluene): a preservative used in the same type of products as BHA.

  • Frequently used in food additives, cosmetics, and antacids
  • Can aggravated kidney and lung disorders
  • Aluminum deposits have been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients
Aluminum Sulfate
  • Used in producing sweet and dill pickles
  • Used as an antiseptic, astringent and in detergents and deodorants
  • Moderately toxic by ingestion and injection
  • May affect reproduction
Artificial Flavoring

Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil: Used in margarine or Crisco-type products. Very "cheap" oils used in chips, crackers, cereal, peanut butter, snack cakes, bread and many more products.

Other oils
to avoid
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Palm kernel oil
  • Corn oil
Recommended oils
  • Regular use- virgin. cold pressed olive oil
  • Occasional use- good, old fashioned organic butter
And now for a poll:

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